I keep my empty bottles around for vatting experiments or to age cocktails in.
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I save my cooler bottles to refill with homemade Egg Nog and Hot Buttered Rum to then give out as gifts at Christmas and New Years
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough". Mark Twain
I've saved some of the more special empty bottles like PVW, WLW, etc. Not sure what I'm going to do with them eventually but I may do the lamp thing with the WLW bottle as I think it is the nicest.
I save OWA and ETL bottles. OWA works great for proofing down cask strength whiskey. I usually pour dusty handles into ETL bottles. The ETL bottles don't take up as much space on the whiskey shelf.
I've got dozens of empties tucked away and will eventually display them on shelves around the basement bar. As we all know, labels and bottle shapes change with regularity (OWA, ORVW, Weller 12, WT101, etc., not to mention real dusties) so it's nice to have the "older" bottles around to decorate the place.
"I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet
I slide my empties along the string of my diddley bow.
How do you like the taste of the Cayenne peppers (in the sauce)? Does it resemble Frank's Red Hot in any way? The dried peppers we had on hand weren't cayenne, and I wasn't in love with the flavor, but it worked well enough in the chili.